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Peaks, Parks & Volcanoes | Route

The distances in America are great, but by making a smart one-way from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, you can discover the most diverse landscapes. You will visit the west coast, the dense forests and high waterfalls of Yosemite National Park, the desert-like landscapes of the Southwest and the alpine area around Yellowstone.


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Round trip for: Camper, Car or Motor | Number of days: 25 Days
Total distance: 2443 miles / 3932 kilometer
States: California, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Colorado

Route Overview

  1. Arrival San Francisco
  2. San Francisco
  3. Yosemite National Park
  4. Yosemite National Park
  5. Death Valley
  6. Las Vegas
  7. Zion
  8. Zion
  9. Bryce Canyon
  10. Bryce Canyon
  11. Page
  12. Grand Canyon
  13. Grand Canyon
  14. Monument Valley
  15. Monument Valley
  16. Arches
  17. Arches
  18. Dinosaur
  19. Grand Teton
  20. Grand Teton
  21. Yellowstone National Park
  22. Yellowstone National Park
  23. Salt Lake City
  24. Salt Lake City
  25. Departure Salt Lake City

 

Travel from day to day

Day 1. Home Country – San Francisco
You leave your home country and arrive in San Francisco with Plane.

San Francisco is famous for its typical features such as the long Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars and the steep streets that curve over the hills in a straight pattern. Fun sights include the prison island Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Day 2. San Francisco
There are different ways to make a city tour through San Francisco. For example with the bicycle. Take a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, an artsy city across the street. Also fun is a boat trip around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge. If you want to visit Alcatraz, book well in advance!

Day 3. San Francisco – Yosemite National Park
Distance: 300 km / 190 miles || Travel time: about 4 hours

You pick up the Camper, Car or Motor in San Francisco and continue your way to Yosemite National Park.

High in the Sierra Nevada is Yosemite National Park. In addition to mountains, glaciers and waterfalls, Yosemite consists of lakes and forests with the world’s largest sequoia trees. Highlights are the Tioga Road (open between May / June and October / November), the Yosemite Valley with towering monoliths and the views over the valley. You can admire the valley from the 2000 meter high Glacier Point, but Tunnel View is also a ‘must do’. From this point you look as if “through” the valley, at the fabulous view include El Capitan and Half Dome, the largest rock formations of the park
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Day 4. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is a wonderful location for hiking. A walk with grandiose views is the Mist Trail (4.8 km) to Vernal Fall. The short trip to the mighty Yosemite Falls is also recommended. In the late summer / autumn, keep in mind that waterfalls may have dried up! A waterfall that almost never dries up is Bridal Veil Fall. The walk here is less than a kilometer.
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Day 5. Yosemite National Park – Death Valley
Distance: 450 km / 280 miles || Travel time: about 5½ hours

The beautiful Death Valley National Park is the hottest and driest place on earth. The lowest point is Badwater, which is 86 meters below sea level. The Badwater Basin is almost surrealistic: the vast plain consists of large salt plaques and is surrounded by dark mountains. Special are the badlands, which are reminiscent of a rugged and barren lunar landscape. You can see them from the viewpoint Zabriskie Point.
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Day 6. Death Valley – Las Vegas
Distance: 250 km / 160 miles || Travel time: about 3 hours

In the middle of the desert lies the biggest gambling paradise of America: Las Vegas. The center stretches over one street, the Strip. On this road are the big hotels, with casinos and other attractions such as amusement parks, zoos and large theaters. In the evening the street is an oasis of light. In addition to casinos, there are countless wedding chapels in Las Vegas. Do not forget to photograph the famous Las Vegas board on the Strip!
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Day 7. Las Vegas – Zion
Distance: 270 km / 170 miles || Travel time: about 3 hours

The deep red colored Zion National Park is located in southern Utah. This park is a mecca for hikers and is also called Hikers Paradise. Through the park runs the Highway 9. Via a number of sharp hairpin bends you will pass beautiful highlights, of which the Checkerboard Mesa is the most impressive. Do you really want to discover the park? Then take the shuttle bus and drop off at one of the stops for a special walk. Short and long trails run through the entire park.
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Day 8. Zion
Zion National Park consists of a large gorge, carved into a rock plateau by the Virgin River. The further you go into the national park, the narrower the gap will be. The red rock walls form a beautiful contrast with the green oasis along the river. The scenic route through the park, Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, is a roughly ten-kilometer-long, winding road. On both sides of the road there are viewpoints and starting points of walking routes.

Day 9. Zion – Bryce Canyon
Distance: 140 km / 80 miles || Travel time: about 2 hours

Bryce Canyon is one of the most beautiful canyons in America. In the horseshoe-shaped chasm, walls and towers formed by erosion are in various shades of color. The most unusual are the hoodoos, narrow rock pillars. You explore the park via the 29 kilometer long (dead end) Rim Road. For a memorable experience, take a walk across the abyss bottom.
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Day 10. Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon, the absolute king of the state parks of the state of Utah. The national park is famous for its unique rock formations and naturally formed amphitheatres. The sun creates the most beautiful colors in the rocks. White, pink, cream, orange and red, all colors of the palette are over. You can make beautiful walks through and there is a free shuttle bus from one viewpoint to another. From these points you have a beautiful view over the entire valley. Especially during sunrise and sunset the colors are truly spectacular. Make sure you have time in this Park to walk the 2 kilometer long Navajo Loop. This loop starts at Sunset Point and is full of hairpin bends. On the way you have a magnificent view of Thor’s Hammer.

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Day 11. Bryce Canyon – Page
Distance: 250 km / 150 miles || Travel time: about 3 hours

Page is rich in geography, culture and history. In the area you will find beautiful natural wonders. The town forms the gateway to the Lake Powell reservoir, the Horseshoe Bend, Rainbow Bridge and the special Antelope Canyon. Because the majority of the area is managed by the Indians, most of the sights – including the Antelope Canyon – can only be visited through a tour.
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Day 12. Page – Grand Canyon
Distance: 210 km / 130 miles || Travel time: about 2½ hours

The Grand Canyon is a huge gorge that was worn out by the Colorado River in millions of years. The Canyon is more than four hundred kilometers long, 16 to 29 kilometers wide and up to 1,829 meters deep. Make a scenic flight, ride along the gorge and enjoy the sunset. A walk to the bottom is not for everyone; it takes two days to descend and walk back.
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Day 13. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is gigantic and very impressive. The impressive Canyon is about 450 kilometers long, 6 to 30 kilometers wide and 1,600 meters deep. The South Rim is popular and easily accessible. The viewpoints around the South Rim give you a beautiful view of the Canyon. How big and deep the Canyon really is is best seen from the helicopter. When you visit the Grand Canyon South Rim, you will stay in the town of Tusayan. Here you will also find the IMAX Theater with the beautiful film about the origin of the Grand Canyon.

Day 14. Grand Canyon – Monument Valley
Distance: 280 km / 180 miles || Travel time: about 3 hours

Monument Valley is beautiful: the endless and desolate desert is occasionally interrupted by large, red sandstone formations and table mountains. It looks like you’ve landed in a western film! Monument Valley is known for the buttes formed by erosion. A butte (pronounced ‘bjoet’) is a freestanding, narrow and high rock formation, with steep sides and often pointed pillars. Monument Valley is a Tribal Park that is managed by the Navajo. You can not enter all roads with your own transport: sometimes you have to join a tour.
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Day 15. Monument Valley
Red table mountains, deep canyons, unique rock formations, little traffic and amazing views. Monument Valley has served many times as a backdrop for western films, series and commercials, including the world-famous Marlboro. If you really want to explore the area, we advise you to reserve a jeep tour and explore the area together with a Navajo guide. The guides tell beautiful stories about just about every rock and are proud of their culture. Tip: book this tour in the morning or at the end of the afternoon for a beautiful light!

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Day 16. Monument Valley – Arches
Distance: 250 km / 150 miles || Travel time: about 3 hours

Red rocks, beautiful arches, whimsical shapes: Arches National Park resembles a dream place that has been carefully selected by architects. Nowhere in the world are so naturally formed arches so close together. In Arches you will find more than 2,000 copies, in all shapes and sizes. The most visited sites of the national park are the Delicate Arch, the Balanced Rock and the Landscape Arch.
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Day 17. Arches
The most famous arch of the park is the Delicate Arch. The walk there is a steep climb, but the sight of the fifteen meter high arch at the end is very worthwhile. You can not or do not want to walk that far, or if you have little time, drive to the Delicate Arch Viewpoint. It may well be that the bow is familiar to you: it is the state symbol and can be seen on all license plates in the state of Utah.

Day 18. Arches – Dinosaur
Distance: 300 km / 190 miles || Travel time: about 3 hours

In Dinosaur National Monument the largest terrestrial animals that once lived on earth are in the spotlight. In Quarry Exhibit Hall you can view 1,500 dinosaur bones and fossils. If you walk the Fossil Discovery Trail, you will see excavations in the state in which they were discovered more than a hundred years ago. Harpers Corner Road (50 km) takes you through different landscapes, from mountains to river canyons.
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Day 19. Dinosaur – Grand Teton
Distance: 560 km / 350 miles || Travel time: about 6½ hours

Just below Yellowstone is another natural wonder: Grand Teton National Park. In the east of this varied landscape, the Snake River winds through the wide Jackson Hole valley. In the west you can see the snowy peaks of the steep Teton Range. Mormon Row is worth photographing: these two barns from 1880 form a beautiful picture in the morning light. You can easily explore this park by car or camper through the Inner – and Outer Park Road, but do not forget to stop on the way for a stunning view or a brisk walk.
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Day 20. Grand Teton
The crystal-clear Jenny Lake District is a popular destination among hikers in Grand Teton National Park. There is a ferry in the summer season. Highlights along the lake are Cascade Canyon, the view at Inspiration Point and the Hidden Falls (a 60 meter high waterfall). It is also beautiful walking along the large Jackson Lake. Information about the art and culture of Indians can be found in the visitor center of Colter Bay District.

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Day 21. Grand Teton – Yellowstone National Park
Distance: 90 km / 50 miles || Travel time: about 1½ hours

Hot springs in all colors of the rainbow, simmering pools, sulfur fumes and geysers; Yellowstone National Park consists of an impressive collection of geological phenomena. You can reach all the sights via the 229 kilometer long Grand Loop Road, which runs in an 8-shape through the park. A visit to Yellowstone is extra special if you see a black bear, grizzly, bison or wolf. An often seen resident is the each (Wapiti). There are no less than 35,000 deer in Yellowstone; it is the largest population in the world.
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Day 22. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park contains half of the geysers on earth. Most geysers can be found in the ‘Geyser Country’ park section. Here are 150 pieces on one and a half square kilometers. Old Faithful is the most famous. He lets a powerful stream of water and steam into the air about every hour and a half. You can literally wait for it. In addition to geysers and hot springs, Geyser Country has geological gaps from which gases escape and mud pools.

Day 23. Yellowstone National Park – Salt Lake City
Distance: 590 km / 370 miles || Travel time: about 6½ hours

Salt Lake City is the capital of the state of Utah. Salt Lake City is also the center of the Mormon church, with Temple Square as its headquarters. On an area of 40,000 square meters are several Mormon buildings, including the Salt Lake Temple. Another attraction is the Salt Lake Tabernacle, which houses one of the largest organs in the world. With a bit of luck you can hear the enormous Tabernacle choir singing here.
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Day 24. Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City is named after the nearby Great Salt Lake: a vast salt lake. The water is three times as salty as sea water, which means that few fish survive. Daredevils resist the smell and the flies and enter the lake. A nice experience; because the lake is two to three times as salty as the sea, you stay afloat.

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Day 25. Salt Lake City
You deliver the Camper, Car or Motor back and fly back to your Home Country

Due to the time difference you can possibly arrive the next day in your home country. Keep this in mind.

  • This trip is based on self-arranging flight, hotel/campinggrounds & renting RV, car or Motor.
  • Of course you can always shorten or extend your trip to your own wishes.
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